mission accomplished.

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I have goosebumps because our mission is already being accomplished! Well, for today at least!  One of our goals for this blog is:  To bring writing teachers together to share ideas and stretch each other’s thinking.… Continue reading

the gift we give.

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Sharing.  What a gift!  I had the pleasure of spending last week with 25 teachers who were concentrating on becoming more effective writing teachers.  I’m a firm believer in one of the best… Continue reading

My Writing Teacher Goals

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Angela Redden got me thinking about all of my goals for the upcoming school year. I thought this would be a brilliant place for me to articulate my writerly goals, so here goes.… Continue reading

One notebook or many?

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Last week I blogged about a Recipe for Conferring Success. I’ve done some more thinking about it in recent days and am left pondering the following questions for myself as a teacher of… Continue reading

Poetic Inspiration from Photos

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I was inspired by Cloudscome to post some photographs. I want to actually challenge myself to write some poetry about the photographs I took over my long weekend. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to… Continue reading

WN Entry: Collecting Seashells at the Seashore

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We just returned from Cape Cod and Nantucket where I had the privilege of spending some time at the seashore breathing in the fresh, clean, New England Air. Ahhhh! We walked to Brandt… Continue reading

Poetry Friday… Another Billy Collins Poem

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I’m up way too early this morning. I think I’m excited to finally be going to the Cape today. Hence, I thought this was the perfect poem for me to post since I’m… Continue reading

Recipe for Conferring Success

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I baked a delicious chocolate peanut butter chip quick bread this past weekend. It came from a mix. (See how honest I am!) However, it required a few ingredients, such as eggs, water,… Continue reading

The first month of school

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I met with the other teacher on my grade level today to plan our Reading and Writing Workshops for the first month of school. Our writing teaching points were inspired by five professional… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: stories matter

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One of the ways I’ve used this summer to grow is by noticing the small stories that are creating my life. These stories matter. Little did I know what an impact these little… Continue reading

m.i.a.

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Thank goodness for Stacey these past few weeks or this blog would have shriveled up and died! Strangely (and unexpectedly), life has hit hard. In the past two weeks, we’ve had: three different… Continue reading

Paying Tribute to Those Who Make the World Run (Including You!)

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Last month I wrote a writer’s notebook entry entitled “Noticing People.” I urged everyone to thank the people who make the world go round on a daily basis. It seems I’m not the… Continue reading

What really matters when providing quality writing instruction…

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One of Ruth’s Colleagues from Indiana, Jen Barney, wrote a post about the top ten things she’s learned as a teacher of writing in the past year. I think she touches on some… Continue reading

Classroom 2.0

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I just joined Classroom 2.0. My page is really bare bones right now, but check it out when you can.

Getting Started: Creating CWPs

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Heinemann just published a lovely series of three booklets by Jim Vopat entitled Micro Lessons in Writing. I am so excited about infusing these micro lessons into my classroom, starting with some of… Continue reading

My Writing Workshop Bookshelf

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I’ve unpacked nearly all of my boxes. While I know a few of my titles are missing, I just wanted to share my Writing Workshop Professional Bookshelf. Some of my favorite titles are… Continue reading

POETRY FRIDAY: On Turning Ten

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I’m still in my Billy Collins Poetry Kick. Here’s one that purely captures the essence of making it into the double digits of life! On Turning Ten The whole idea of it makes… Continue reading

My Last Day in New York City

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It rained today. Hard. Really, really hard. I had to run the windshield wipers on the highest setting just so I could see out. Hence, I didn’t do everything I had hoped to… Continue reading

WN Entry: Moving

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Right now I feel like the young girl (actually Patricia MacLachlan) in Maclachlan’s Memoir What You Know First. I’m preparing for a move from one east coast city to another and it feel… Continue reading

Strategy: Use photos to tell a story

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I often have my students bring in photographs of them at special times in their lives in order to help them spark their memory (and write a small moment story.) I discourage them… Continue reading